PLDT stages first hackathon challenge Search for innovative customer solutions begins


Leading telecommunications and digital services provider PLDT will hold a hackathon to develop digital customer service solutions as part of the celebration of its 88th anniversary on November 28.

Organized by PLDT Innolab and its Public Affairs Group, the #PLDT88 Hackathon Challenge is in line with the PLDT Group’s commitment to continuously improve customer service.  Participants will be specifically tasked to come up with innovative solutions designed to enhance customers’ experience for the millions of PLDT HOME subscribers and SME customers.

The competition will have two legs. Co-organized by RedWizard Events Management, the Luzon leg will be held in Manila on November 12-13 at the PLDT Innolab Teltec in Boni Mandaluyong and will assemble interested teams from Manila and other parts of Luzon. The VisMin leg will be held in Davao and Cebu on November 19-20where teams from the Visayas and Mindanao regions can compete. The Davao hackathon will be held at the PLDT Innolab in Poblacion, Davao City, while Cebu hackathon will be held in PLDT Innolab in Mabolo, Cebu City.

These teams have a chance to win P100,000, other exciting prizes, and, an opportunity to get their ideas fully developed and implemented.

The hackathon is being done in partnership with PLDT Home and PLDT SME Nation, and in cooperation with Smart DevNet, Voyager Innovations and IdeaSpace Foundation.

“This year’s celebration of our 88th anniversary takes place as the Company pursues its efforts to become the leading proponent of digital services and solutions in the country.  This hackathon to develop innovative customer solutions is fully aligned with our digital pivot,” said PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.

Interested individuals are asked to register at to secure their slot in the Manila leg. The first 100 to successfully register can participate in the event.

During the two-day event, each group will be tasked to create a digital solution based on the suggested categories of customer experience concerns defined by experts during the pre-hackathon event. Each group is given five minutes to pitch their ideas and present their prototypes in front of the judges. Judges can ask their questions, and participants can demonstrate and expound on their solutions given the challenge.

The top three groups with the best ideas and digital solutions will be declared the winners of the Manila leg. The winners for the Metro Manila leg will receive P15,000 each as a group, along with some exciting prizes. All winning groups will then compete at the Ultimate Pitch, which will be held in PLDT’s Makati Vitro on November 24where the three winners from each of the competition leg will vie for the ultimate title and win the P100,000 cash prize.

“As the Company celebrates its 88th anniversary, the #PLDT88 Hackathon serves as one of the avenues for developing digital solutions for the benefit of our customers. Our continuous effort to search for innovative and feasible ideas is one way to further empower the growing community of talented Filipino developers and start-ups here in the country,” PLDT VP and Head of Mainstream Business Development and Research Joey Limjap said.

The #PLDT88 Hackathon Challenge is being supported by IP Converge and PayMaya.

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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Cebu, Baguio, Bacolod children makes cut of JrNBA Presented by Alaska


The best boys and girls basketball players from Cebu, Baguio and Bacolod overcame the odds to make the final lineup of the JrNBA/JrWNBA Presented by Alaska All-Star teams that will fly on October 6 to Shanghai, China to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience.

Boys and girls from the provinces – especially those from Bacolod, Cebu and Baguio – did surprisingly well when ranged beside their counterparts from Manila.

Cebu City public school students DarlieneRagasajo (14 years old) and Florence Jil Talas (14) led the JrNBA/JrWNBA Female All-Stars.

Tracy Carl Dadang (14), Fritz Felix Valencia (14) and Harold Alarcon (14) – who were selected in the Cebu Regional Selection Camp – led the members of the Male All-Stars.

Valencia travelled all the way from Bacolod City, while Alarcon came from Silay City, Negros Occidental to qualify in the Cebu Regional Selection Camp.

RizOznerGatus (14) of San Fabian, Pangasinan from the Baguio Regional Selection Camp, also advanced to the Male All-Stars.

The players were selected in a nationwide search through Regional Selection Camps in Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao and Makati. The final 10 boys and five girls were named members of the Philippine All-Stars during the National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The JrNBA/JrWNBA Davao Regional Selection Camp was also well-represented with 13-year-old RozieAmatong of Davao City and 14-year-old Aloha Marie Betanio of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon – who travelled all the way to the Davao Regional Selection Camp – making it to the Female All-Stars.

Additionally, EleginoChollo of Davao City was named Coach of the Year Male.

The fifth member of the Female All-Stars is Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino (14) of Dalig National High School, Antipolo City.

The other members of the Male All-Stars are Julian Alfonso and Isaiah Miguel Blanco (Alaska Powercamp), Andrei Philip Lechoncito, JearicoNuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan and and Kai Zachary Sotto (Manila Regional Selection Camp). ArayiEwon was named Coach of the Year Female.

They will join 90 other boys and girls from JrNBA Programs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to watch the NBA Global Games China 2016 between the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

“I’d like to congratulate our JrNBA Philippine All-Stars on their success.  Through Alaska Milk’s Nutrition. Action. Champion. Program and our partnership with the NBA, we have been able to help fuel the basketball dreams and life aspirations of thousands of children across the country,” said Alaska Milk Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Wilfred Steven Uytengsu. “This collaboration is an important element of our long-standing Nutrition. Action. Champion. Campaign. By leveraging on this initiative, Alaska Milk was able to proactively educate families and children on the important role of drinking milk and getting into sports to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle.”


JrNBA/JrWNBA Presented by Alaska promotes the importance of regular physical activity, trains participants in the fundamentals of basketball and teaches the importance of core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect.

The JrNBA Program is presented by Royal Friesland Campina in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam through its Alaska Milk, Frisian Flag, Dutch Lady and Foremost brands and conducted in Singapore through partnership with Sport Singapore.

This program has touched the lives of more than 1.5 million children, parents and coaches across Southeast Asia by conducting camps, clinics, and NBA Cares community outreach activities.

For more information visit Alaska Milk’s sports channel and like @PlayPH in Facebook and Instagram for inspiring stories on Filipino sports fans of all ages and skill levels.

Fans can also visit the official website at for more information on the JrNBA programs. “Friend” the NBA’s official account on LINE by adding @nba_global.

Follow the NBA on Facebook at and Twitter at @NBA for all the latest news and updates.  For all things NBA, visit

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Posted by on October 11, 2016 in Uncategorized


PLDT holds nationwide competition for new digital solutions in PLDT 88 Hackathon challenge


Leading telecommunications and digital services provider PLDT is launching a hackathon competition open for developers, coders, innovators, visionaries, start-ups, and tech students in Metro Manila and Metro Davao to develop innovative digital solutions that enhance customer experience.

Part of the celebration of its 88th Anniversary, the PLDT 88 Hackathon Challenge underscores the Company’s commitment to provide innovative services to its millions of customers to improve their lives and help in nation-building.

“Serving our customers is the core of PLDT’s mission. As PLDT turns more and more digital, we are also deploying digital solutions to provide better, more personalized customer service,” said PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.

The competition is open to developers, coders, hackers, programmers, engineers, IT professionals, and students who must form a group of 2-4 individuals. Interested individuals or groups can register their names or group members at to attend the pre-hack briefing happening at the PLDT main office in Makati on Oct. 28.

The Manila leg of the hackathon will run on November 12-13 at the PLDT Boni TelTec in Mandaluyong and while the Davao leg will be held on November 19-20 at the PLDT Davao Innolab in Poblacion St., Davao City. Successful registrants are challenged to come up with solutions that address common service issues and enhance the over-all customer experience of PLDT subscribers.

Participants will conceptualize, build, hack, and present their solutions on their chosen category within the 2-day programs for both legs. Winning groups from both hackathon legs will then compete and pitch their winning ideas to PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan for a chance at winning the Php 100,000.00 grand prize, and a chance at getting their solution funded or implemented.

“We’ve helped put up a lot of hackathon events and we can see the very healthy and creative community of hackers, developers and programmers coming up with unique and new solutions that, with further development and funding, could actually become marketable and feasible in everyday operations,” said PLDT VP and Head of Mainstream Business Development and Research Joey Limjap.

“We are confident that the next big idea is out there, and we hope we can help make those digital solutions happen.”

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Posted by on October 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


Take #FitnessFriday to the next level with Bootcamp in the Park at Capitol Commons


If those night jogs, gym sessions, and dance classes aren’t enough to get fit, then head on to Capitol Commons and get on the Crossfit craze every Friday of September, 7PM, with Bootcamp in the Park.

In partnership with Crossfit MNL, Capitol Commons brings this alternative, holistic fitness program that combines various physical movements, workout routines, and sports activities into a timed workout to help participants get leaner, stronger. By focusing on bodyweight movement, Crossfit is proves to be both a fun and challenging workout.

Tag your fitness buddies and sign up for free Bootcamp in the Park classes at Capitol Commons. Visit this link to sign up: ca99Nr5kgQqUvdms2.

For kicks, Capitol Commons’ partner CFMNL is throwing in a cool prize for Bootcamp in the Park participants. One lucky fitness enthusiast who attends the most number of Bootcamp sessions can also get a chance to win a one month unlimited bootcamp package. For more details, click here: events/963758657085887/.

Capitol Commons is Ortigas & Co.’s latest mixed-use urban hub which caters to the dynamic, fast-paced lifestyle of young city-dwellers who wish to have a more well-balanced lifestyle. Sign up in Bootcamp in the Park now and get pumped up for a healthier, stronger you.


For 85 years, Ortigas & Co. has been bringing to life some of the nation’s most loved and most iconic places such as Frontera Verde, Capitol Commons, Greenmeadows, and the Greenhills Subdivisions – and with it, creating new experiences, traditions, and aspirations. Still, it continues to build for life. For more information on Capitol Commons, visit capitolcommonsortigas/.

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Uncategorized




The Unanimous Back-to-Back MVP To Make Tour Stops in Shenyang, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei This Summer 

Manila, Philippines – Stephen Curry embarked on his second annual summer tour with Under Armour which began September 2. The reigning league MVP will once again share his commitment to helping players everywhere realize their potential both on and off the court, with a series of select clinics, events and activation. Unique experiences will roll out across four cities in five days for fans to feel the fervor and excitement for basketball that only Stephen and Under Armour can provide.

Some of Asia’s best young basketball players and fans will experience Stephen’s relentless dedication to the game of basketball up close and personal during tour stops in Shenyang, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei.

“I’m thrilled to get the chance to visit some of the best basketball fans in the world this summer,” said Curry. “Being able to share my passion for the game with this next generation of players in Asia—while immersing myself in their incredible culture and witnessing first-hand the infatuation for the game—is humbling, and personally it’s a tremendous re energizer for the upcoming season. I can’t wait to meet some of the phenomenal fans and players who are committed to driving the game forward on a global scale.”

The 2016 “Stephen Curry Asia Tour” connects Stephen with the people and culture of these diverse countries through up close and personal interactions, via experiential activation, cultural happenings and more, in an effort to showcase Stephen’s love of the game and unending drive to get better, all while sharing and spreading that commitment and passion for basketball with fans and players alike.

The Philippines will surely never miss out this tour as basketball is the country’s top sport and being able to play on court with the Back-to-Back MVP Stephen Curry is one of the Filipino youth’s most awaited basketball experience. To represent Philippines, Under Armour PH in partnership with Slam sent out 2 young basketball aficionados, Juan Gomez De Liano and Gian Mamuyac.

Gomez De Liano, a 6 feet point guard of the University of the Philippines Integrated School was also able to play with Steph Curry during the MVP’s #UAROADSHOWMANILA visit last year.

Tour Dates:

  • September 2: Shenyang
  • September 3-4: Guangzhou
  • September 5: Hong Kong
  • September 6: Taipei

Follow the tour experience @UnderArmour and @UnderArmourPH.

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Posted by on September 9, 2016 in Uncategorized




Under Armour, the global leader in innovative performance footwear, apparel and equipment has taken footwear innovation to the next level. In March, the Brand introduced its first-ever 3D printed performance trainer, the UA  . The UA Architech is a 360-degree performance training shoe that features a functional 3D printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper design that creates a “super-hybrid” trainer. This performance trainer provides athletes with the ultimate stability and cushioning to take on the most intense workouts, and it’s travelling all the way to Rio on the feet of elite swimmer, Michael Phelps. 

In addition to the state-of-the-art technology and custom color design, Michael’s footwear features a personal touch to provide an additional source of motivation as he heads into competition. His 3-month old son, Boomer’s footprint is printed on the insole of the shoe as a personal reminder that Boomer is with him every step and stroke of the way.

The innovative 3D printed midsole of the UA Architech was combined with a flow-molded 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper to provide athletes with a shoe that not only gives a locked-in, supportive feel, but also flexes and moves with the foot to provide a zero distractions experience. Add in the Brand’s unparalleled Charged Cushioning underfoot for responsiveness and comfort, and a thin rubber outsole for traction and you have Under Armour’s most elite performance trainer.

 A new color of the UA Architech will be available as a limited edition offering to consumers this August on The shoe, which retails for $299.99, was the first 3D printed performance trainer available to consumers. The first color was available in March and sold out in under 20 minutes.

 Under Armour also geared Michael up with a custom pair of the UA Speedform Slingshot Running shoes in a limited edition red, white and blue colorway that also feature Boomer’s footprint. This innovative running shoe delivers zero distractions with a seamless, zonal compression, 3D knit upper and Under Armour Charged Cushioning. The limited edition color way is available on 

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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


CrossFit MNL Introduces Run MNL


CrossFit MNL (CFMNL), the pioneer in bringing CrossFit in the Philippines, has proven to be the school of elite fitness. CFMNL has encouraged men and women of different fitness levels to try CrossFit in the country since 2011. From CrossFit, CFMNL has offered different programs such as Bootcamp, FitKids MNL, Strongman and Striking MNL.

CFMNL is bringing yet again, an innovation in fitness. We invite you to join Run MNL, a CFMNL program that will make every mile to be stronger and faster.

Running is considered a solitary sport—it’s you and where your feet may take you. But running with a group feels better and easier. Run MNL aims to make running a daily habit; to push the runner in every individual; to develop serious runners/specialists; and to make every mile you covered stronger.

Run MNL is open to all individuals and enthusiasts. Even for those who would just aim to lose those excess pounds to enjoy their lives longer and healthier. Run MNL is offered primarily in selected CFMNL boxes (i.e., Eastwood, Kapitolyo, San Juan).

Run MNL is a program specifically designed for running. As this is aimed to develop specialists, there will be series of agility drills, speed trials, intense cardio training/HIIT complemented by strengthening and conditioning skills. Run MNL conducts Community Run during weekends in selected areas where anyone can join regardless of their fitness level. Runners and enthusiasts can register at this link.


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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Uncategorized